Groblersdal

Groblersdal lies on the western bank of the Olifants River, some 1 215 m above sea level, in the fertile Olifants River Valley. The town is surrounded by a landscape of mountains, gorges and ravines and three major rivers, the Olifants, Elands and Wilge, wind through the valley.

Established in 1938, the town lies at the centre of a vast, fertile irrigation area where maize, tobacco, peanuts, vegetables and fruit, sunflowers and cotton are cultivated on a huge scale. Loskop Dam, which was completed in the same year, lies close by and supplies the water used to irrigate the crops.

Aventure And Sport

Cycling and mountain-biking: Various cycling and mountain-biking trails lead through the mountains and valleys.

Flying: Groblersdal Flying Club offers air flips and longer trips over the town and outlying areas.

Golf: Groblersdal sports a nine-hole golf course in true Bushveld surroundings.

Hiking: Several hiking trails have been established on private farms and game reserves in the area.

Horse Trails: The numerous horse-riding opportunities vary from localised farm rides to more extended trails.

Hunting: Several farms in the district offer hunting packages and rifles to rent. Wing shooting and hunting with a bow and arrow are also possible.

Art And Crafts

Loskop Valley Art and Craft Route: Follow this route to meet the artists and buy their works.

Entertainment And Shopping

Aventura Eco Resort: The resort lies on the shores of the dam and offers attractions such as a heated pool, splash pools and water slides.

Kranspoort Holiday Resort: A holiday at Kranspoort Holiday Resort near Loskop Dam is an excellent way to relax in beautiful surroundings. All the usual recreational activities are catered for.

Fauna And Flora

Loskop Dam: The huge expanse of water in Loskop Dam is cupped by the gently rolling foothills of the Waterberg Mountain Range. Although angling from the shore is restricted to one area, almost the entire surface of the dam is accessible to boat anglers. A granite hand was erected near the dam wall in honour of all the “hands” that helped to build the dam. The Loskop Dam area is also a renowned bird-watcher’s paradise where many species of birds have been identified.

Loskop Dam Nature Reserve: The nature reserve bordering the dam is ideal for game-viewing and is home to various species of birds and antelope as well as to ostrich, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. History was made at the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve in 1964 when a white rhino calf was born here. The white rhino became extinct in this area in 1896. The reserve is famous for its herd of buffalo that have been certified free of foot-and-mouth disease, tuberculosis and corridor disease. The reserve offers guided game-viewing trips and wilderness trails by boat and then on foot.

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